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eMac Password Lost
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Apr 12, 2010, 10:46 AM
 
I am trying to get my old eMac going again and wanted to put extra software on. Unfortunately i can't remember the password. is there somewhere I can find it and either disable or change it?
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Apr 12, 2010, 12:41 PM
 
Which version of OS X is it running?

Start up off the install disk, where you'll find the utility to change the password.
     
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Apr 12, 2010, 12:44 PM
 
that should work
     
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Apr 12, 2010, 02:21 PM
 
10.3.9

It says hold C on boot up but i don't get anything it just carries on to home screen
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Apr 12, 2010, 02:25 PM
 
When it's booted up, does the install disk show up? If so, click to install, and allow the eMac to boot up off the disk, then reset the password.
     
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Apr 12, 2010, 05:53 PM
 
You could try holding option on boot and then selecting the install disc.
     
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Apr 13, 2010, 11:48 AM
 
You can also trick your Mac into thinking that the setup assistant has not been run. Start the Mac in Single User Mode (hold cmd s down while starting) and wait for the startup script to stop scrolling through. Then type the following (press return after each line)

mount -uw /
rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
shutdown -h now

When you restart you mac it will kick into the set up assistant where you can create a new admin user with a known password, then use this to amend the password of the old account (or delete the old account)
     
   
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